Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Aug 2012 23:54 UTC
Legal And just like that, within a matter of days, the jury has reached a verdict in Apple vs. Samsung. The basic gist is simple: Apple's software patents are valid, and many Samsung devices infringe upon them. Apple's iPhone 3G trade dress is valid, and Samsung's Galaxy S line infringes, but other devices did not. Samsung did not infringe Apple's iPad design patent. Apple did not infringe any of Samsung's patents. Apple is awarded a little over $1 billion in damages. Competition lost today, and developers in the United States should really start to get worried - software patents got validated big time today.
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RE[2]: Appeal Coming Soon
by unclefester on Sat 25th Aug 2012 05:12 UTC in reply to "RE: Appeal Coming Soon"
unclefester
Member since:
2007-01-13

Apple is 'killing itself' with a 48% y-o-y growth. I am sure Tim Cook cries every time he looks at that number.

Apple is getting absolutely slaughtered outside North America. The iPhone market can't exist without massive carrier subsidies. Hence the frivolous lawsuits.

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RE[3]: Appeal Coming Soon
by jared_wilkes on Sat 25th Aug 2012 05:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Appeal Coming Soon"
jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

Apple did much better than anyone else in the picture last time they were "dominated" internationally ('81-'84, Microsoft rose to dominance under DOS, not Windows) and weathered the storm for 15 years to lead the next wave.

Would you really wager that there is any other player in the game (particularly any that are not Google) more likely to outlast a 15-20 year storm of dominance by another platform than Apple?

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RE[3]: Appeal Coming Soon
by kristoph on Sat 25th Aug 2012 14:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Appeal Coming Soon"
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

Apple is getting absolutely slaughtered outside North America. The iPhone market can't exist without massive carrier subsidies. Hence the frivolous lawsuits.


Are you like trying to convince yourself or someone else here?

1) Apple earns almost 60% of it's IPhone revenue from international sales.

2) International iPhone sales are the growth driver, while NA sales are slowing as the market saturates.

3) Apple's primary lawsuits are all in US. Software patents and trade dress patents are much weaker outside the US and so - other that the circus in Germany - really have no tangible impact on international sales.

But feel free to believe whatever helps you sleep at night.

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RE[4]: Appeal Coming Soon
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 25th Aug 2012 15:30 in reply to "RE[3]: Appeal Coming Soon"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Apple earns almost 60% of it's IPhone revenue from international sales


Sounds impressive, until you do the actual math:

40% of iPhone revenue comes from the US, so 4.5% of the world's population is responsible for 40% of iPhone revenue. This means that the remaining 60% comes from 95.5% of the world's population. This is an incredibly skewed division - it means that a small sales drop in the US can easily have harsh repercussions for bottom line. No spreading of risks here - all eggs in one basket.

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